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Prof Licia Capra
Room 307
66-72 Gower Street
Dept. of Computer Science
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  • Professor of Pervasive Computing
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Licia Capra is Professor in Pervasive Computing in the Dept of Computer Science at UCL. She first joined UCL in May 2000 as a Research Assistant, and then as a Ph.D. student (from September 2000 until September 2003). From October 2003 until March 2005, she has been a Research Fellow in the Software Systems Engineering Group at UCL/CS, before taking up an academic position in April 2005. Before coming to England, she was an undergraduate student in the Dipartimento di Informatica at the University of Bologna, Italy.

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Licia Capra conducts research in the area of computational social science, investigating how new technology is changing society, and also how society is appropriating and shaping such new technology. Licia has specific expertise and interest in urban informatics, investigating how to extract knowledge from a variety of data sources to better understand the functioning of cities, and to develop technologies and interventions aimed at improving life of citizens. She has conducted research analysing a broad variety of big datasets, including public transport data, telecommunication data, social media data, and crowd-sourced data, in order to model cities’ and citizens’ dynamics. These models have been used, for example, to build personalised travellers’ services, to estimate cities’ economic wellbeing, and to help regulate novel markets.

Academic Background
2010   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy University College London
2007   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University College London
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Laurea Universita degli Studi di Bologna
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